Favorite… I suppose it’s a question of favorite for what. Visual… effect… or ideal.
Well, in terms of raw effect, I love me Ion Cannons, Cruiser Lasers. Rapid-Fire, Shield-Crushing, and just plain effective. Not too long in reach or low in cost or energy/crew requirements. But visually they just lack that certain something that a space battle is supposed to have in our pop-culture addled minds.
Beam weapons give that visual that just leaves me going ‘… ohsweetbabyjesusthatbecool’ when they start blasting. Nice wide lances of colored light going all over the place. But they just wimp out against shields. It makes me sad for all the flash to just be… flash.
Missiles have the effectiveness and range but just seem so… modern and ‘today’ rather than super advanced plasma launchers and beam weapons. In a more dorky-geeky-math sense, they seem to suffer far more from inaccuracy than other weapons, and are subject to a rather wide range of countermeasures, but just CRUSH anything not prepared for them or able to evade. Visually badass in their own right.
Plasma Launchers are alright in effect, in limitations, but visually they seem… small. Insignificant. I almost want to say they need a soft halo around the bolt as it screams across the game-space. I can ‘see’ the beam weapons, the missiles, but these feel like they ‘should’ be visually noticeable considering the pain they can bring and yet they’re not.
Effect- Ion Cannon/Plasma Launchers
Ideal- Whining on my part.